Ribbon Cutting May 10 for Greenway Cornerstone
Construction of the Downtown Greenway’s “Tradition Cornerstone” is almost complete, with the ribbon cutting scheduled for Saturday afternoon, May 10. Designed by artists Mags Harries & Lajos Héder, the second of four cornerstones along the Downtown Greenway is located at the intersection of Smith & Spring Streets, anchoring the northwest corner of the 4-mile loop.
Northwest Greensboro was the site of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, a key battle and turning point in the Revolutionary War, so the theme for this Cornerstone was chosen in part to reflect that proximity. Called “Meeting Place,” the cornerstone will be landscaped to reference Piedmont native woodlands and will also feature a 12-tree orchard of trees, bushes, herbaceous plants and ground cover that will blossom and bear fruit from June to November.
Greensboro sculptor Jim Gallucci worked with Harries and Héder to create the metalwork parts of the cornerstone. The structure’s roof is embellished with excerpts of a letter General Nathanael Greene wrote to George Washington from his Guilford Courthouse camp on February 9, 1781. Sunlight from above transfers a shadow of the letter’s script on the floor below.
“Meeting Place” at the Tradition Cornerstone will be a great site for picnics, family gatherings, birthday parties, as well as a place to have lunch during the workday.
Pop Up Dog Park Comes to Downtown
The Pop Up dog park that opened in late September at the corner of South Elm and Lee Streets has been well-received by dogs and owners both large and small. Open seven days a week, the off-leash play area is equipped with water, dog litter bags and trash receptacles. The large grassy field is fenced separately for large and small dogs. The downtown Pop Up park operates by the same rules (firstname.lastname@example.org) as the dog park at Country Park.
Because it is located on the South Elm Redevelopment property, the Pop Up dog park will only be a temporary amenity. After a trial period, Greensboro city planners will evaluate the popularity of the park and, if it is judged to be successful, there could be a plan for a more permanent dog park in downtown.
Action Greensboro Has Moved!
Action Greensboro has moved from our South Elm Street location and is now located about three blocks away at 203 South Church Street, the home of Kindermusik International. The Action Greensboro staff is getting settled into about one-half of the building, on the Church Street side, and becoming acquainted with the patient, helpful Kindermusik folks who work in the other half of the building. Our new space is larger than the old Elm Street office, with a much improved capacity to hold community meetings. We will soon set a date for an open house to welcome the community to our new digs, so stay tuned!